It is said that the 3rd Monday of January is the saddest day of the whole year. This is thought to be brought about by several factors. It is no doubt due to the let down which often occurs after Christmas, financial worries brought about by over spending, lack of discipline with eating habits over the holidays, as well as diminished daylight and the cold dark nights.
And this mind-set could be even more significant this year due to the added challenges of COVID-19 - sadness and disappointment over the inability of the usual gatherings with loved ones and friends, and of course the inevitable concerns about the ongoing pandemic.
However, we have good news. We are planning a webinar, an online presentation, which will be held on this year's designated Blue Monday, on January 18 at 7:00 pm. We will feature Counsellor Linda Lambert, Nutritional Consultant Sarah Hobbs and Pastor Trevor Main along with a very special video. exploring this topic further and giving us tips about how to overcome the blue feelings we might be experiencing.
It's probably not a topic that you discuss very often, and even if suicide hasn't been on your mind, it has likely been on the mind of someone you love and care about. It is estimated that the grief and distress from each suicide impacts 136 people.
On Monday November 2 at 7pm we hosted a webinar on ZOOM that focused on suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. The webinar focused on how to give help, and there was also be some information on how to get the help available.
You can watch the webinar on our YouTube Channel by clicking the link below.
Please contact Connie Harper, our Parish Nurse if you have any questions - firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some numbers you can contact if you or someone you know is in a crisis:
Canada - Suicide Prevention 1-833-456-4566
Canada - Kid's Helpline – phone 1-800-668-6868
- text 686868
USA - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Go to your local hospital
- Andrea Groenewald
Contact information: Five Star Relationships for counselling, coaching or presentations not a crisis service:
- Nicole Smith
UR WORTH MORE MINISTRIES - Suicide Prevention/Intervention Training
ASIST Suicide First Aid Training - November 27 & 28, Niagara Falls ON, 8:30am-4:30pm
safeTALK Training - December 5th, Niagara Falls ON
Two Courses - 8:00am-11:30am OR 1:00pm-3:30pm
To register visit UR Worth More on Facebook or Eventbrite
To host an ASIST or safeTALK training class or for more information contact Nicole at email@example.com or call 905-328-8368.
- Linda Lambert - BA Psych, M Div, D Min Candidate
Linda is a Pastoral Counsellor with a focus on marriage and family, mental health and grief issues.
Contact Linda at (289) 442-8056
- Elisha House: Biblical Counselling: 905-735-9934 elishahouse.on.ca
- South Niagara Life Ministries Counselling: 905-871-0236 snlmcounsel.ca
- Suggested grief resources
- “Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One’s Search for Comfort, Answers and Hope” by Albert Y.Hsu – available on amazon.ca
- GriefShare online support group – contact firstname.lastname@example.org or griefshare.org
If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. This session of GRIEFSHARE will be held on ZOOM. Please contact our Parish Nurse, Connie Harper (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Our next session will be held on Tuesday evenings beginning January 12 @7pm.
Please register here:
In these times of uncertainty and imposed social and physical limitations because of the global pandemic, our daily lives have been disrupted and it is affecting our family's psychological well-being. Parents, children and marriages are under tremendous strain as dining rooms have become classrooms, and bedrooms have become home offices. Parents are trying to balance the demands of teaching their children and working from home while the whole family is forced to shelter together 24/7 with the worries of a deadly disease and the uncertainty of job security, income, and if it will ever be normal again.
This video presentation on Strengthening the Family in the Midst of a Crisis will explore how you and your family can deal with the stress and anxiety of living in the middle of a global health crisis. You will learn how to help your family handle the distress of the epidemic in practical and healthy ways so that the whole family will be more resilient both now and when the coronavirus outbreak is over.
Presented by Wainfleet BIC Church by Linda Lambert, B.A., M.Div., D.Min. Candidate;
Pastoral Counsellor, Marriage and Family Counselling with Kardia Counselling
We’d like to recommend this video to you. It is an excellent resource, and well worth your time to watch. We’d love for you to share this video with others who may also find it helpful.
Glenn Robitaille, a credentialed BIC pastor and director of ethics and spiritual care at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Penetanguishene, ON, provides advice on how to cope with loss in times of crisis. How to thrive and not just survive.
This workshop may be particularly helpful with coping with all the losses you may be experiencing in this current pandemic of COVID-19.